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Hi VJ,

 

Unfortunately, I maybe getting a divorce with my wife. I would like some advice. I co-sponsored my wife’s parents to come to America. They have both arrived less than six months and all of a sudden my wife wants a divorce. I’m devasted but I think I’m slowly getting over it. 

 

Am I still responsible for the sponsorship to my wife’s parents after divorce? Is there any actions that I can take to protect myself? 

 

Thank you in advance. :(

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Your divorce will have no impact on your I 864 obligations.

 

Hope they naturalises, but that is c 5 years away.


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8 hours ago, Boiler said:

Your divorce will have no impact on your I 864 obligations.

 

Hope they naturalises, but that is c 5 years away.

Is there any recourse that I can take?  My wife doesn't make an income as she works under the table.  Will I have any financial obligations towards my wife and her parents after divorce? 

 

Thank you.

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10 minutes ago, Happy420 said:

Is there any recourse that I can take?  My wife doesn't make an income as she works under the table.  Will I have any financial obligations towards my wife and her parents after divorce? 

 

Thank you.

Not unless they use mean tested benefits from an immigration stand point but you will also want to consult with a divorce lawyer.


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11 minutes ago, NikLR said:

Not unless they use mean tested benefits from an immigration stand point but you will also want to consult with a divorce lawyer.

I would assume that she can file for alimony or some type of financial support?  Do you think the marriage was all in good faith or do you think you were used? 

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1 minute ago, E & J 2018 said:

I would assume that she can file for alimony or some type of financial support?  Do you think the marriage was all in good faith or do you think you were used? 

I'm not the OP. 


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The Divorce will include financial settlement, obviously they have been married for some time.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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4 hours ago, E & J 2018 said:

I would assume that she can file for alimony or some type of financial support?  Do you think the marriage was all in good faith or do you think you were used? 

Yes, we have been married for 6 years. I would like to think the marriage was in good faith. But When her parents came to the United States six months ago, she all of a sudden wants a divorce. I’m heartbroken but it is what it is.

 

She had a change of heart. I felt like I’ve been used for the last year.

 

She wants to file divorce paper work. I don’t think she wants any financial settlement as I don’t have any assets. Should I be consulting a divorce lawyer or an immigration lawyer?

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Boiler said:

The Divorce will include financial settlement, obviously they have been married for some time.

 Do you have to hire lawyers to get a divorce? What if it ends up being a mutual divorce? 

 

Ive never been through such a heartbreaking process before.

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I see no Immigration issue, I do see a Divorce issue.


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The sponsorship agreement is not affected by divorce. There is not much you can do to protect yourself, it's a contact between you and the US government, though some spouses have successfully sued for support based on it as well.

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The only immigration issue on this is the I-864 that you signed. As others pointed out, divorce does not release you from the financial obligation of the sponsorship. In theory, the parents in law can sue you and you are contractually obligated to suport them at the minium poverty income, whatever it is today. In reality, people have successfully sued over this issue. I assume your spouse has become a US citizen, so your obligation to her end there as far as the I-864 for her is concerned. All of this is outside of the normal divorce stuff such as: alimony, spousal support, child support, shared property and so on ...

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39 minutes ago, kid1412 said:

The only immigration issue on this is the I-864 that you signed. As others pointed out, divorce does not release you from the financial obligation of the sponsorship. In theory, the parents in law can sue you and you are contractually obligated to suport them at the minium poverty income, whatever it is today. In reality, people have successfully sued over this issue. I assume your spouse has become a US citizen, so your obligation to her end there as far as the I-864 for her is concerned. All of this is outside of the normal divorce stuff such as: alimony, spousal support, child support, shared property and so on ...

My wife is the petitioner and I’m the co-sponsor. In theory is she also obligated to take care of her parents? 

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